Former Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier has told Antoine Griezmann that now is the time for him to move to a bigger club.
If there is anyone that knows just how good Antoine Griezmann is, it is his former coach Philippe Montanier. The French forward has been heavily linked with an £18 million move to Arsenal, and the man who guided the best out of him at Real Sociedad thinks this is the right time for Griezmann to take the next step in his career.
Speaking to newspaper Le Parisien, Montanier was clear in his opinion.
“The time has probably come for him to go to a bigger club somewhere else where the competition will be stronger. For example, there has been much talk of Real Madrid, but from what I know Real Sociedad still hasn’t received an offer.”
Still only 23-years-old, Griezmann only made his international debut in March after serving a 12 month international ban for famously breaking curfew when on duty with the under-21 squad. He served his time and has now been rewarded with a place in the French attack for the World Cup.
Before the tournament he showed against Norway just how effective he could be in Didier Deschamps attacking trident. His link-up play with Olivier Giroud was superb, enough to get Arsenal fans excited about a permanent partnership. He was sharp, decisive, energetic and above all else there was a sense of excitement every time he was involved.
Against Honduras on Sunday he made his first competitive start, and now he is looking to make his mark on the competition with a goal against Switzerland. His appearance at the World Cup could spark further interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, and Arsenal fans will be hoping this summer is not a case of what could have been.
In the season just gone he scored 16 league goals for Real Sociedad, and now that he has taken his game internationally, there is little doubt that he has the ability to succeed at the highest level.
Montanier was in charge of Griezmann when they both guided the Basque club to a fourth place finish in La Liga. If the current Rennes coach thinks it’s time for the forward to move on, there are few people that will know him better. It now depends on whether Wenger agrees that Griezmann has what it takes.